Animax Launches Video on Demand in U.K. on Friday
posted on by Andrew Osmond
The anime site Animax has announced that it will launch its Video on Demand service in the U.K. on Friday October 25. Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks had previously announced that it would launch a UK version of Animax, as a subscription video on demand service. From the press release:
"Under the SVoD service, for a monthly fee of £5.99, subscribers can expect to indulge in complete seasons of the world's most loved anime, including BLACK LAGOON, DEATH NOTE, and VAMPIRE KNIGHT, in addition to exclusive popular films such as BLEACH and BERSERK only the touch of a button away.
The channel will welcome free titles throughout the autumn with the likes of MAGI: THE LABYRINTH OF MAGIC Season 2 and COPPELION set to appear, and in the future will look to stream original programming from Sony Pictures Television's ANIMAX channel in Japan, and host exclusive behind the scenes interviews and content from the wide world of anime.
The service is launching with a 2 week all-access free trial, showcasing some of the channels most reputable anime content, and is planned to expand onto PlayStation in the coming months, to become the exclusive anime VOD service provider on PS3.
The website goes live in time for this year's MCM London Comic-Con, and ANIMAX will have a significant presence at Europe's largest convention, taking place from Friday 25th – Sunday 27th October. Operating from Booth 96 the channel will host exclusive anime screenings each and every day, offer fans the chance to take special 3D photographs or have their portrait done by on-site anime artists, and be the site of a live large-scale drawing by award-winning manga artist Siku.
Convention-goers will have the opportunity to discover the ANIMAX content first hand and for those that activate their 2 week free trial during the convention weekend will be able to register to win Siku's finished work of art or a 50 inch Sony TV."
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